Top 5 Most Common Roof Problems

Top 5 Most Common Roof Problems

One of the most important aspects of your home is right over your head – quite literally! Your roof is something you want to keep in top-shape, especially considering many roof problems can happen without any warnings. Using skilled professionals and materials is a great step to start with, and well worth the investment, but what about other issues that pop up?

Sometimes it may be as minor as a damaged shingle, and other times it may involve a leak, shrinkage, or damage to the exterior of your home. These kinds of problems are not ones you should worry about trying to fix as a homeowner – leave that to the professionals and give yourself some peace of mind. Mikku & Sons Roofing offers free, no-obligation roof inspections, and will help to set you up with a plan on how best to tackle your roofing needs.

What follows are the top 5 most common roof problems, and what we recommend for each!

  1. Weather Damage
    Often the things that can cause our roof harm are things that remain outside of our control. In most cases, this comes in the form of damage from snow, hail, wind, and UV rays. Here in the valley, we don’t need to worry about the first two often, but winds from storms and the heavy exposure to the sun year-round will cause significant damage. Do your best to keep a reputable contractor such as Mikku & Sons on hand for when damages outside of your control do pop up.
  2. Water Damage and Leaks
    Roof leaks are incredibly common and can range from a minor inconvenience to catastrophic damage with just a bit of time. Commonly affected areas include gutters, drains, pipes, chimneys, skylights, and damaged shingles. Checking the inside of your home for water damage is also a smart idea. Finding discoloration on your walls or ceiling are a good indication of this damage.
  3. Punctures and Cracks
    Any type of puncture, crack, or blistering in your roof is an immediate sign you need a roof inspection done. Without immediate attention, these places can become nests for various pests – something far easier to prevent by just getting repairs made on time.
  4. Poorly Maintained Roofs
    Nearly every problem a homeowner has with their roof can be solved quickly if they are fixed early on. By allowing damages to exist without repair, you risk creating a bigger problem and lowering your property’s value. While there are times to hold off on superficial repairs and group them together to reduce overall costs, there are some signs you should never ignore – this may include finding broken shingles or pooling water.
  5. Poorly Repaired Roofs
    One of the worst mistakes a homeowner can make is choosing unprofessional roofers and other contractors to work on their home. This may save you money initially, but over time your roof may experience greater-than-average damage and may even need a full reroofing to fix previous damages or poor workmanship. Insurance, online reviews, certifications, and personal recommendations are all things to consider when finding a professional roofer.

Mikku & Sons Roofing is ready to help you plan your roof repair needs, starting with an obligation-free consultation at no expense to you. We want to make sure your roof is sound and ready to face the elements before the next storm rolls in! Call us today or fill out our online form to get started.

How to Tell If Heavy Winds Damaged Your Roof

How to Tell If Heavy Winds Damaged Your Roof

It isn’t something you likely think about right after a storm – in most cases, we’re just thrilled to see the light break through and see the clouds part – but, your roof may have been affected by the storm or heavy winds. Remember that even short-lived wind and small hail can cause significant damage! After a storm, you should take the time to inspect your roof – seeing dents, loose shingles, or even missing shingles are all signs that you need a professional roof inspection. Give Mikku & Sons Roofing a call today for your free inspection – we’ll be sure to check over your roof for signs of damage and will help you to organize a plan to repair or replace whatever is needed. Read on to learn how to tell if heavy winds damaged your roof.

When the Wind Blows

Wind can cause surprising damage to your roof. Many homeowners are shocked to find wind damage to their properties, even after a relatively mild storm. There are many things to watch out for after a storm, such as hazards like fallen branches, damaged power lines, or even knocked-over trees. If the wind speed is high enough, even brand-new shingles can be torn right off your roof.

Roofing is tricky to protect against wind damage – most roofs are highly susceptible, mainly due to the fact that wind will hit a roof unevenly. Areas that may have already been worn down or damaged will suffer the most and may be easily ripped up, potentially causing even more damage to your roof. Should anything fall onto your roof while in a damaged state, there’s a good chance you may end up facing leaks or rot due to water damage. For the best roof protection against heavy winds, you should make sure your roof has been installed with sturdy shingles and quality-made fasteners. In some cases, metal roofs may be the best option as they can withstand 150mph wind gusts!

Basic Breakdown of Wind Speeds

 

45 – 57 mph:

Can tear out tree branches, loose tree limbs, and remove broken or loose shingles from your roof!

58 – 74 mph:

Can knock over trees, completely uproot trees, and rip off shingles!

75-89 mph:

Heavy tree damage, commercial roof damaged, mobile homes turn over!

90+ mph:

Homes will suffer significant damage!

What to Do After a Storm

Check around your home for noticeable damage to your roof!

Clean up any fallen debris from your yard. Be sure to check the roof, too!

Check inside your home for signs of leaks or water damage!

Submit an insurance claim for any covered damages!

Call for a free roof inspection, to be sure greater damages aren’t left untreated!

Other Signs To Watch For

Check around your shingles for signs of missing granules. This is the part of the shingle that resembles sandpaper – it can be damaged during storms and is the most susceptible to wind damage.

Check for curled edges of your roof. Sometimes damaged shingles can cause your roof to curl, particularly during heavy winds in a storm. Shingles are what seal your home from water damage, so having them curl is a risk to the inside of your home as well!

In situations with a flat roof, be sure to check for any tears or missing pieces in the material. Wind will sometimes rip up or cause the covering to bubble!

Chimneys are often pretty sturdy, so if you notice your chimney looking a bit crooked, it may be a sign that the lashing is missing. With this missing, water can enter your home from the chimney and should be addressed as soon as possible!

By |2021-02-16T19:52:54+00:00January 26th, 2021|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
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Reasons to Never Attempt a DIY Repair of Commercial Roofs

Reasons to Never Attempt a DIY Repair of Commercial Roofs

Whether you need some minor maintenance, a repair, or a full-on replacement, commercial roofing is an area that you’d best leave for the experts. While it may seem like a good idea to do DIY repair of commercial roofs yourself and save on labor costs, there are too many pitfalls that can result in failure or injury.

Commercial roof construction is quite different from residential roofing. In many ways, commercial roofs are far more complex and require a specific set of knowledge and skills to tackle. These styles of roofs are typically flat or have a narrow slope and can vary greatly in terms of construction.

Attempting to manage your own DIY repairs risks affecting the operations of your business on a day to day basis. Arizona weather is extreme, sometimes unpredictable, and unforgiving. You may feel like a DIY job is well done, but you won’t know for sure until a storm rolls in, in which case you’ll likely find that your “repaired” roof cannot hold up against the weather. This can put any employees, inventory, or other areas of the building at risk for harm or water damage!

Rather than doing a DIY job on your commercial roof, why not hire a professional such as Mikku & Sons to handle it for you? In business and serving the valley for over 20 years, we run a full roof inspection and devise a detailed plan based on the specific needs of your roof. Call us today or fill out our online form!

By |2021-01-26T20:03:36+00:00January 26th, 2021|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
  • Common Signs Of Wind Damage On A Roof

Common Signs Of Wind Damage On A Roof

Common Signs Of Wind Damage On A Roof

One of the worst things for the integrity of a roof is going through an intense storm. Surges of wind can pull up shingles and let the rain seep in. In rare cases, sometimes even hail can affect us in the Valley and cause small dents or holes in the roof.

Lucky for you, your roof is made to make it through these storms without much problem. That said, it only takes one bad storm to cause damage–and when that time comes, you’ll want to be prepared to repair it quickly to prevent water damage. Knowing what signs to watch out for will help you avoid expensive damage and early roof replacement. If you see any of these common signs of wind damage, then you need a professional inspection of your roof:

 

  1. Stone Grit Lodged In Roofing

    If your house is equipped with asphalt shingles, there’s a good chance that after experiencing harsher winds you should check your roof. The wind and rain can cause the grit of the shingles to wash away, exposing the shingles to the elements and leaving them unprotected. Keep your eyes peeled for areas on your roof that have dark bands or black patches.
  2. Shingles Lifting Up

    During the next storm with heavier winds, pay close attention to the shingles on your roof. If they are noticeably lifting from the wind alone, that would be your sign to get them replaced. When shingles are lifted, the sealant that keeps each layer in place breaks and allows water to spill in. Additionally, the nails holding in the shingles will become loose. Wind damage restoration is something that roof insurance can cover–so if you suspect damage after heavy winds, be sure to get your roof inspected sooner than later.
  3. Shingles Curling Up

    Over the lifespan of your roof, shingles will naturally start to curl upwards. That said, if you see curling begin after a storm, or just appearing suddenly, be sure to get your roof inspected–this can be an opportunity for water to get under the shingles and damage underneath.
  4. Damaged Flashing On Roof

    Your roof will have flashing in place to help keep smaller critters from entering your chimney or pipes. Strong winds can rip out flashing–be sure to check around your chimney, pipes, and skylights for any noticeable areas where the metal flashing could be missing.
  5. Debris On Roof

    If hit just right, even a little bit of debris can cause major damage when making contact with your roof. Keeping your roof cleared of any debris is the best way to keep your roof and shingles in top shape. If doing this yourself, be sure to be careful when inspecting and be sure to avoid walking on your roof.


It’s never too late for you to schedule a roof inspection. Mikku & Sons Roofing has been in the business for over 20 years and offers a full roof inspection for free. We want to be as sure as you are that your roof is solid–if there are any issues or points of concern, we’ll address them with a detailed plan of attack when you’re ready to proceed. Call us today or fill out our contact form!

By |2021-01-26T19:57:44+00:00January 26th, 2021|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
  • What Does The Discoloration On Your Roof Mean?

What Does The Discoloration On Your Roof Mean?

What Does The Discoloration On Your Roof Mean?

A discoloration on your roof can be an indicator of devastating occurrences, and more often than not is largely noticeable – stains, growth and dark streaks certainly do not look appealing. Thankfully not every discolored roof means that it will fail, as it often just requires some cleaning to get back in shape.

Algae and plant debris is one of the most common reasons for discoloration on a roof. Green and black streaks across shingles is a sign of algae growth, something that grows and thrives in moisture filled environments. If the angle of your roof has shade, this is a common problem you will likely encounter.

Algae feeds on the limestone filler that is found in asphalt shingles. There are temporary measures you can take, such as adding copper to your shingles, although it will eventually wear out. Another issue that could be causing a stain is by a drooping tree limb, either dropping leaves or rubbing fruits into the shingles. Be sure to trim back your trees to prevent this from happening while also allowing more sun to hit your roof and deter algae.

Check around your chimney for black streaks. Sometimes soot can build up and lead down the roof – something that has washed away and stained the shingles. Rust also is found like soot, bleeding from metal vents or chimneys onto your shingles creating a dark red or orange color. If you notice that the shingles are much darker than usual and are damp, there is a strong chance you actually have water damage.

Shingles will age and lose their granules over time and will cause the shingles to lighten up. If you suspect you may have stains on your roof, we advise you to call and set up your free roof inspection with Mikku & Sons Roofing today!

By |2020-12-07T23:45:33+00:00December 7th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
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3 Things to Do Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

3 Things to Do Before Installing Solar Panels on Your Roof

As the years go by, seeing solar panels atop a roof has become a pretty common sight here in Arizona. Have you been considering getting solar panels installed on your roof? Once your panels are set up they are planned to be permanently installed, so proper planning is required to get the most out of them. Make sure you’re ready for the commitment and read on for our tips for installing solar panels.

Get A Proper Roof Inspection

Is your roof going to be capable of carrying the weight of solar panels? This is a question you want to find the answer to long before even starting your project, let alone once the panels have been installed – the last thing you need is to find a collapsed roof where a panel fell through. By having a roof inspection, you can not only test the carrying capacity of your roof but also search for other damages that may need to be addressed. Mikku & Sons Roofing does offer a free roof inspection and will give you a detailed report on your roof itemizing what you will need to address before starting your solar panel project. What follows are a few tips for installing solar panels on your roof.

Replace Old Roofs

If your roof is on the older side and you are already considering replacing it within the next few years, it will just be easier on your time and wallet to get it done before installing solar panels. While solar panels can be removed and reattached when needed, it is a lot of work and will be an extra expense you probably don’t want or need to pay. After you get your roof replaced, a quality roof should last for at least 20 years. Depending on how long your panels last, you may not even have to worry about adjustments for a decade or two.

Move Objects In The Way

While on your roof, be sure to clear out any objects such as antennas, vents, or other objects that could get in the way of installation. Contacting a roofing contractor is usually your best course of action for moving objects such as vents that are required to adhere to building codes. Many people also forget to consider the shade that is so appreciated from large trees may actually inhibit the ability of the solar panels. Be sure to trim or relocate any trees that will block the sun from your roof!

There are more things you may need to keep in mind, depending on the specifics for your roof, but that’s why Mikku & Sons Roofing is here to help. We provide free roof inspections and will offer advice not only for what should be fixed and improved, but also help you to find whether your roof is ready for solar panel installation or not. Call today!

By |2020-12-07T23:31:42+00:00December 7th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
  • Be Careful Hanging Your Seasonal Decorations!

Be Careful Hanging Your Seasonal Decorations!

Be Careful Hanging Your Seasonal Decorations!

While you may find that your seasonal decorations can take up a lot of time to set up and be a bit of a pain, they truly can be fun and can light up your home beautifully. It’s important to make sure that you properly install your decorations so you don’t end up with any roof damage. What follows are some tips from Mikku & Sons Roofing for helping to minimize roof problems and still get the seasonal look you’re dreaming of! Especially when on your roof, be careful hanging your seasonal decorations!

Plan It

It’s important that you plan out how your decorations will be organized before starting. Make sure you measure any cords or cables to be sure that nothing comes up short while you are hanging things. If you plan to climb a ladder to get close to your roof, be especially careful of hanging lights so neither you nor the ladder snag a loose cable.

Gather Your Supplies

Be sure to check the labels and packaging to see what the intended use is for your decoration. Many decorations are indoors only and should not be used outdoors – the outdoor specific lights are weatherproofed to not short out when wet!

Safely Get In The Holiday Spirit

It’s important to have your home decorated and shining beautifully during the holidays! What is also important is keeping safe both your roof from damage, and you from being hurt. Make sure that when hanging decorations, you always have a strong and sturdy ladder that allows you to anchor to the side of your home. Make sure you are wearing close-toed shoes as well, and have a partner help you whenever possible. For roof decorations that require setup on top of the roof, harnesses can also be worn as well.

No Nails!
Whatever you are hanging, be sure not to use nails for your decorations! The nails will create holes that can lead to leaks. The last thing you need is to have a water damaged roof caused just by setting things up for fun! What you should use are clips that are specifically designed to fasten holiday decorations to roofs. Often clipping onto shingles and gutters, these are a hassle-free, damage-free form that won’t damage your roof or void any warranties!

Avoid Chimneys, Vents, & Satellite Dishes

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and your extra fixtures such as vents and chimneys can be very expensive to replace or repair. Be sure to keep decorations away from where any warm air would emit from, as it can warp and melt the decorations.

No Shortcuts Allowed
Be sure to carefully remove your holiday decorations just as you set them up. If you yank down lights or decorations, you risk heavily damaging your roof. Getting up close and personal with your roof is also a good time to do some minor roof inspections. If you see anything that looks suspicious, call us today for a free estimate and professional inspection, only from Mikku & Sons Roofing!

By |2020-12-07T23:11:32+00:00December 7th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

After The Storm – Roof Maintenance

After The Storm – Roof Maintenance

Monsoon season in Phoenix is usually accompanied by some of the most extreme weather conditions that we face: heavy winds, dust storms, heavy rain, and sometimes even hail. In 2010, the most expensive hailstorm Phoenix has faced resulted in nearly $3 billion in recorded losses. Even extreme heat is natural for our summers, leading to severe damage among unmaintained or old roofs.

Now that the monsoon season is coming to a close, you should take an opportunity to run over some roof maintenance before we have any end of the year storms roll through. Simple repairs and checks can help prevent hundreds to thousands of dollars in repair work!

General Maintenance

As a general rule of thumb, you need to be extremely cautious when on your roof – just walking on a roof can cause damage, and is particularly dangerous for those not accustomed to working with heights. We recommend that you use a pair of binoculars or the zoom feature of your phone’s camera to examine your roof for any monsoon damage, or to call Mikku & Sons Roofing for a free, full roof inspection.

Generally, you will be looking for:

  • Missing roofing materials (such as tiles, shingles, peeling foam, etc.)
  • Any missing flashing on the roof
  • Accumulation of debris, particularly around any drains
  • Damaged seals around penetrations in your roof (such as a chimney)
  • Gutters and downspouts are secure and free from debris
  • Covered vents from attic insulation
  • Ridge vents are free from foliage and debris
  • Attic vents for signs of birds or rodents 

Although this year was on the drier side, even sparse summer rains encourage the growth of outdoor foliage. Be sure to check around your home for loose or hanging branches, trees and shrubs in need of trimming, and piles of leaves where critters may nest.

Plan A Tune-Up

Roofs that go unchecked risk developing leaks and even greater repairs! Minor water damage, small to large holes, and damage to paint and wall texture can cost you money you didn’t want to spend, just on repairs. If you wait even longer, more extreme water damage, sagging ceilings, or failing structural integrity can cost nearly $8000 or more!

Schedule an appointment for your roof tune-up today and keep it in top shape! Mikku & Sons Roofing has provided roof repair and maintenance to Arizona homeowners for over 19 years and can tune-up your roof today. Call now at (623) 465-1068.

By |2020-09-29T19:18:18+00:00September 29th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

What Is The Best Tile Roof Underlayment In Arizona?

What Is The Best Tile Roof Underlayment To Use In Arizona?

Tile roofs can last up to 50 years in Arizona. However, the tile underlayment (felt/ tar paper) typically lasts 20 to 30 years. The tile underlayment will start rotting out when water gets under the roof tiles. The most common ways water can get under roof tiles are: clogged valleys/ roof flashing, broken tiles, or the roof tiles were not laid properly. Roof tiles are mainly aesthetic and act as a barrier between the tile underlayment and the roof tile.

The Arizona sun will destroy tile underlayment if it is exposed. Most tile underlayments cannot withstand the UV rays and start deteriorating rapidly. There are some tile underlayments that are designed for heat and sunny climates such as Arizona’s. So, let’s explore what is the best tile roof underlayment in Arizona!

The Different Type of Tile Underlayments Available

There are many different types of underlayments that can be used under concrete tile in Arizona. Here are are the most common: felt (SBS modified bitumen), synthetic, and self-adhering underlayments. We will talk about each type of concrete tile underlayment and determine what is best based on several factors: price, waterproofing, durability, and UV resistance.

Synthetic Tile Underlayment

Synthetic tile underlayments have been increasing in popularity in Arizona. However, in our opinion, they are not the best for material to use. In fact, we will recommend homeowners not to choose synthetic concrete tile underlayments. Let’s talk about why we don’t recommend synthetic concrete tile underlayments.

Price:

Some synthetic underlayments are more expensive than the felt type of concrete tile underlayments while other synthetics are cheaper. In fact, the material price can be double than of a felt type of underlayment. It would be cheaper to do two layers of felt than a single layer of synthetic.

Waterproofing:

Synthetic is the king of waterproofing capabilities and is 100% waterproof. How ever synthetics don’t self-seal around fasteners well (nails, staples, etc). This is the biggest issue when it comes to installing synthetic underlayment under concrete tile roofs. A concrete tile roof is comprised of

The underlayment is rolled out to cover the decks surface (keeping it waterproof) and nailed in place.
Batten strips (4 ft sections of 1×2 wood strip) are then nailed or stapled on top of the underlayment. They provide rows for the roof tile cleats to rest on and prevent them from sliding down the roof.
Then the roof tiles themselves.


Example of what is underneath a concrete tile roof
Installing a tile roof requires both the batten strips and underlayment to be fastened to the deck. So, with a synthetic underlayment that doesn’t automatically seal around the fastener’s penetrations, your roof is vulnerable.

The number one reason your concrete tile roof leaks is from water getting under the batten strips and going through the fasteners penetrations. Rubber modified felt papers will automatically seal these penetrations while synthetics will not.

So even though synthetics have a 50 years product warranty they are not the best tile underlayment for sealing the around the roof fasteners.

Durability:

As far as durability, synthetic roof material is quite durable. However, when synthetic tears it tends to tear in big sections. Synthetic concrete tile underlayments have a durable surface for foot traffic and have an excellent non-slip surface

UV Resistance:

Synthetic underlayment has very strong UV resistant qualities. When exposed to the direct sun, the underlayment can maintain a UV resistance from 6 to 12 months

Self Adhering Tile Underlayment

This underlayment is different from both the synthetic and felt underlayment because it has a self-adhering bottom. When installing a thin film is pulled away and the self-adhering bottom adheres to the roofs deck. The gives the advantage of leaving no roof fasteners (cap nails) exposed.

As you can see there are no exposed nails
Another benefit is most of the self-adhering concrete tile underlayments are rubber-modified and automatically self-seal around any nails pounded through its surface.

Price:

Self-adhering concrete tile underlayments are generally very expensive. It is usually around the same price to use synthetic underlayment.

Waterproofing:

This concrete tile underlayment is excellent at waterproofing. It has a lot of rubber inside of it and lasts a very long time. The seams are adhered together providing a waterproof surface.

Durability:

Self-adhering concrete tile underlayment is the most durable underlayment available in Arizona. Specifically, the brand, Boral Tile Secure, is the best concrete tile underlayment in Arizona for the durability factor. It can be used under metal roofs so it has a very high melting point. The surface is a non-slip and can handle high foot traffic which is good for the installers!

UV Resistance:

This material can handle a lot of UV exposure and lasts up to 6-12 months of direct Arizona sun! For UV Resistance, self adhering underlayment is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona

Felt Type Tile Underlayment

Felt style underlayments have been around the longest out of the other two types. The are different class and types of felt that is used under concrete tiles in Arizona. Felts thickness are organized by weight classes ranging from 30# to 90#. Some felts are better than others.

Organic felt tile underlayment was used a lot 20 to 30 years ago. However organic felt is the cheap option. It tends to dry up and curl on the seam edges with age. Also, there have been incidences where roof rats have chewed up all the organic felt paper under tile roofs causing the roof to leak severely.

The better felts are the SBS Rubber modified bitumen. They are fortified with rubber which helps the underlayment lay flat on installation. The rubber also helps the material to self-seal around the roof fasteners.

Price:

The price for SBS rubber modified bitumen is the cheapest out of the other two options. In many cases, it is costs less to apply two layers SBS rubber modified felt than one layer of synthetic or self-adhering underlayment. For prices, felt is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona.

Waterproofing:

Organic felt is not 100% water proof but the SBS modified version has more rubber in it allowing it to be superior at being waterproof. In Arizona, we have a very dry climate so SBS modified felt papers are more than enough to keep your roof dry. The composition of the SBS prevents it from rotting and deteriorating like its organic cousin.

Durability:

Felts are quite durable and can handle foot traffic quite well. The organic felts are less durable than the SBS modified felts. However, if the felt is installed in high temperatures the asphalt becomes pliable and the tar paper can slide when being installed. This is a hazard for the roofers since the tile roofs have a pitch.

UV Resistance:

Both the self-adhering and synthetic concrete tile underlayments have better UV resistance than felt. If a tile breaks on your tile roof and exposes the surface of the underlayment it is advised to get the tile replaced as soon as possible. The SBS modified felts are generally more UV resistant than the organic felts. Felt does not win the UV resistance test for underlayments in Arizona.

So, what is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona?

The synthetics are out ruled out being that they are not self-sealing when a nail is pounded through their surface. In fact, we would NOT recommend synthetics under tile at all for Arizona. It is the best underlayment for under shingle roofs in cold climates.

One of the biggest faults synthetics have is not being repairable. One of the other two options if there is a premature leak then they can easily be repaired with more felt and tar. Many times a tile roof while start leaking in a high water flow area years before the rest of the underlayment needs to be changed. In our opinion synthetics are one of the worst underlayments for tile roofs in Arizona.

While self-adhering underlayment is the best tile underlayment in Arizona for durability, length of life, and UV resistance; an SBS rubber modified felt is our pick. A particular brand that we like the most is TU-43. Tu-43 lasts a long time, it can easily be repaired, has a rubber and fiberglass core, and it is has a reasonable price tag. Installing two layers would be cheaper than one layer of the self-adhering underlayment and last around the same time (some cases even longer).

So, if you need the underlayment replaced under your tiles in Arizona then we would recommend TU-43 as the choice of tile underlayment material. In our opinion, TU-43 is the best underlayment for tile roofs in Arizona!

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Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. But, if your roof does have damage due to monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs on both personal residences and commercial property. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

By |2020-08-25T23:07:46+00:00August 5th, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments

Efficient Roofing Options In Arizona

Efficient Roofing Options In Arizona

Efficiency Equals Savings

Anyone living in Arizona knows that the summers here get extremely hot! In this blog, we will explore energy efficient roofing options. Using your Air Conditioning in the summertime adds considerably to your electric bill every month. There are ways of saving money by using energy-efficient building materials. We will talk specifically about choosing energy-efficient roofing materials for the next time you need to re-roof your house or on your new construction home.

What to look for when exploring efficient roofing options

There are several types of roofing materials or roof types that are commonly used in Arizona. The most common for pitched roofs are: tile or shingle. For flat roofs: rolled roofing systems and foam.

So what should someone look for when wanting to choose an energy-efficient roofing material? The easiest way is to look for ENERGY STAR® roofing materials. The Energy Star logo on the roofing materials packaging indicates that the product is certified to be an energy-efficient roofing material. Energy Star determines roof materials’ energy efficiency by their solar reflectance and emittance.

For example, roofing energy-efficient shingles use granules that reduce the amount of heat that is transferred into the material while shingles that aren’t designed to be energy efficient absorb more heat. The surface temperature difference between energy-efficient roofing material with the special granules and non-energy efficient materials can be up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another important thing to take into consideration on choosing your energy-efficient roofing material is the color. Darker colors tend to absorb the sun’s energy and transmit the heat into the building below while lighter colors tend to reflect the sun more efficiently. So it is important to not only choose the color material that you like but also choose lighter tones.

Turbine Style Shingle Roof Vent

Proper Ventilation

If your roof and attic do not have the proper ventilation then it does not matter what material you use on top of the roof. Improper ventilation will negate the benefits of the energy-efficient roofing material that is used on your roof. In fact, roofing material manufacturers will automatically void material warranties if the roof/attic is not ventilated according to code.

There are many different types of vents that are used depending on the type of roof you have. Here is a roof vent calculator tool if you are wondering how many vents you need. This photo is used to illustrate what a shingle roof turbine vent looks like. Turbine vents help increase energy efficiency by exhausting hot air from the attic.

Tips to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Roof

We will review different energy-saving options on the common roof types of Arizona. The roof types we will cover are tile, shingle, and flat roofs. Let’s explore the different energy-efficient roofing materials for each type of roof.

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Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are excellent at being energy efficient when it comes to the airflow factor. There is a space between the tiles and the felt that helps promote airflow. Tile roofs are durable and last a long time. The two main ways to increase the energy efficiency of your tile roof includes extra ventilation and installing a reflective foam material on top of your felt. The material that is used commonly in Phoenix is called Radiant Barrier. This will reflect the heat and prevent it from entering the attic space. While Radiant Barrier is not considered a roofing material, it is very energy efficient! Both of these options will help you save on your monthly electricity bill!

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Shingle Roofs

Shingle roofs are very common in Arizona being that they are the most economical roof on the market. Asphalt tends to get really hot in the summer in Arizona. However, the energy efficiency is lower than tile roofs. The best method of increasing the efficiency of your shingle roof is replacing the old worn out shingle with the Energy Star rated shingles (which are considered energy efficient roofing material). Also, increased ventilation or upgraded ventilation can help as well. Automatic or active vents are a great option and can be programmed to use the fan when the temperature of the attic hits a certain threshold. High-quality vents such as ridge vents also help promote proper ventilation as well.

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Flat Roofs

Flat roofs in Arizona are comprised of many different materials. The most common being asphalt. Asphalt is not an energy-efficient roofing material. Coating your roof with Acrylic cool roof coatings is a great way to cool down your flat roof. Acrylic elastomeric roof coatings will seal, extend, and renew your flat roof. They will also drop the surface temperature of the roof up to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Acrylic Elastomeric roof coatings have strong reflective qualities and are strongly recommended for restoring your old roof, reducing your energy bills, and transforming your roof into being more energy efficient.

Of These Efficient Roofing Options, What is the Best Choice Available in Arizona?

Hands down polyurethane foam roofs are the best roofs for the hot climate of Arizona and the most energy-efficient roof available. The system consists of two-part: 1-inch thick polyurethane foam and 1 to 2 coats of acrylic elastomeric coatings (we spoke already about how elastomeric coating is energy-efficient roofing material). Some of our customers at Mikku and Sons have seen their electricity bill drop by 50% after getting a new Foam Roof. Foam can be installed over pre-existing flat roofs. It is a great system that excels in insulating your home and reflecting the sun.
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Emergency Roof Repair Contractors

Mikku and Sons Roofing has been helping residents throughout Phoenix since 2001. Our experienced and friendly crew members can inspect your roof and help you get it ready for the monsoon season to help you reduce the risk of damage. If your roof has damage from monsoon storms, we are ready to help you with quick and complete roof repair. We have experience in all types of commercial and residential roofs, including tile, shingle and flat roofs. We are fully licensed and insured and make it our mission to provide quality workmanships and exceptional service.

Call us today at (623) 465-1068 to find out how we can help you prepare your roof for the coming monsoon season or to repair it after a storm.

By |2020-09-18T18:47:16+00:00July 31st, 2020|Phoenix Roof Repair|0 Comments
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